Texas was the victim of one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the U.S. in over 10 years since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
On Friday, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the U.S. state as a Category 4 hurricane, becoming the first natural disaster to hit Texas since Ike in 2008. The storm has left behind historic flooding, especially in Houston.
According to USA Today, "the National Weather Service said some areas could be slammed with an 'unprecedented' 50 inches of rain by week's end as the storm lingers in the region."
In its totality, Hurricane Harvey has caused at least eight confirmed fatalities: one in Suriname and seven in the states.
Here are the many ways you can help the victims in the states, whether you live in Texas or not.
Before you make a donation, it is highly recommended by the CIDI to make monetary contributions since it's the fastest way that professional relief organizations can help.
As noted by the CIDI: Cash donations allow relief supplies to be purchased near the disaster site, avoiding delays, and steep transportation and logistical costs that can encumber material donations. Some commodities, particularly food, can almost always be purchased locally – even after devastating emergencies and in famine situations.
Texas Diaper Bank: Donations focus on babies, children, children with disabilities, and even senior citizens. Donate here.
Houston Food Bank: Stocks of food given free of charge to people in need. Donate here.
Coalition for the Homeless: Help the homeless victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
Austin Pets Alive!: This organization is helping pet shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
The Red Cross: Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate online. Donate here.
The United Way: Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to make a donation to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
Portlight: Donations are made to help people out with disabilities. Donate here.
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